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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: MA-48
Corporate Name: M. H. Wurtsbaugh Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: M. H. Wurtsbaugh Lumber Company. Little Cypress Lumber Company. D. and M. H. Wurtsbaugh.
Location: 1907: On Jno. G. Bemis land. 1928: Jefferson
County: Marion
Years in Operation: 22 years
Start Year: 1907
End Year: 1928
Decades: 1900-1909,1910-1919,1920-1929
Period of Operation: 1907 to 1928
Town: 1907: On Jno. G. Bemis land. 1928: Jefferson
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 2850 in 1905; 4000 in 1928; 2329 in 1934.
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber in 1907. Gum, oak, and shortleaf yellow pine lumber in 1928.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 20000: 1928
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Sawmill and planing mill. 1928: Circular sawmill, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, steam dry kilns.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: 1928: Texas & Pacific and the Missouri, Kansas & Texas
Historicial Development: The Wurtsbaugh sawmilling family operated mills in the counties of Cass, Marion, Montgomery, and Tyler in Texas as well as at Kingston, in Louisiana, after the turn of the century. Two of the Wurtsbaughs operated what is known as the Little Cypress Lumber Company on land owned by Jonathan G. Bemis in 1907. It had a sawmill and planing mill, according to Marion County records in 1907. That year, Little Cypress Lumber Company agreed to supply its sawmill cut to Burton-Lingo Company. The M. H. Wurtsbaugh lumber mill was listed at Jefferson in 1928. It was cutting 20,000 feet of lumber daily and had a commissary and logging tram road.
Research Date: MCJ 05-04-96
Prepared By: M Johnson